When I asked my wife to marry me I didn’t think to ask: “Will you also go to small concert venues with me late at night? Will you get there early and stay late? Will you navigate the general admission crowds to find the perfect place and hold my spot when I go to get drinks?” I didn’t have to ask because I knew the answer was yes.
When I thought about a future with my wife, sharing my enthusiasm rock and roll played in small dark places wasn’t a top priority, but it mattered to me. I don’t go to nearly as many shows today as I did when I was a younger man with fewer responsibilities but I still like to see my favorite bands play and it’s great to have a wife that is willing to join me. Recently we saw that Ted Leo & the Pharmacists and The Dirtbombs were both coming to town on consecutive nights. As I wondered which show I’d go to my wife reminded me that we could find time to rock two nights in a row. She is right and that’s what we’re doing.
There are few things in my life that compare to seeing a band I love play a great show but one of them is the first few minutes after the show is over: when walk into the cool night air with your ears are still ringing from sound of the music and you feel like your feet aren’t touching the ground as you walk down the street. The only thing better than that feeling, for me at least, is holding onto this girl as I make my way home.
In you’re in Los Angeles The Dirtbombs are playing on Thursday 8/27 and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists are playing on Friday 8/28. Both show are at The Echo, info and tickets available here.